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Live in Europe

by Jeff "Siege" Siegel Quartet

Original, inspiring, energetic music recorded live in Europe by a working quartet grounded in the music of Coltrane and Miles Davis.
Genre: Jazz: Progressive Jazz
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1. Elvin's Circle
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2. Rag Tag
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3. Dance in the Question
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4. Shifting Sands
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5. Stealth
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6. Remembering Shirley
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CD Review - Jeff "Siege" Siegel Live in Europe
- Chronogram, by Cheryl K. Symister-Masterson, November 25, 2008

Live in Europe exemplifies the expression of parts being equal to their sum. Each artist—drummer and leader Jeff “Siege” Siegel, tenor saxophonist Erica Lindsay, pianist Francesca Tanksley, and bassist Danton Boller—contributes humbly to this trove of engaging musical dialogue. The release is comprised of six tunes cherry-picked from two live radio recordings from 2005, done while the quartet was on tour.

“Elvin’s Circle” captures and releases drummer Elvin Jones’s spiritual high energy to the wind.

Lindsay steps into the role of the various saxophonists that Jones had sparred with in his career—Joe Farrell, Sonny Fortune, Frank Foster, and John Coltrane—and runs the tune smooth. “Shifting Sands” shuts the door and dims the lights. Lindsay is romantic without the candy and flowers. Her notes are like ink, bleeding evenly through Boller’s rounded bass notes. “Stealth” takes on a number of personas in a moody 3/4 time and in a rousing 4/4 swing. As the piece reverts back to 3/4, it gathers energy from Siegel’s freestyle solo. Shirley Horn, a singer whose very presence evoked elegance as she spoke of the pathos of life and love, is exalted in “Remembering Shirley,” a gorgeous blues written by Siegel, who also coleads the Stevens, Siegel & Ferguson Trio. Lindsay and Tanksley have a soulful rapport that is dutifully supported by Boller and Siegel. So when do we get to hear the other performances from the two radio dates? We’d like to continue the joy we find listening to Live in Europe. www.jeffsiegeljazz.com.

Jeff "Siege" Siegel, drums, leader

Drummer/Composer Jeff “Siege” Siegel is a veteran of the New York Jazz Scene and has worked with a virtual“who’s who” of artists. A member of the Sir Roland Hanna Trio from 1994-‘99, Siegel’s diverse career has also led him to perform and/or record with legends such as Ron Carter, Kenny Burrell, Jack DeJohnette, Benny Golson, Frank Foster, Shiela Jordan, Helen Merrill, Mose Allison and many more. He has also performed and/or recorded with the younger generation of musicians such as Dave Douglas, Stefon Harris, Kurt Elling, Ravi Coltrane, Ryan Kisor, Steve Turre, Arthur Rhames and John Esposito. He has worked in the avant garde world as well with Wadada Leo Smith, Baikida Carroll and others. He is co-leader of the Stevens, Siegel & Ferguson Trio, The New York Trio Project and The Jeff Marx/Jeff "Siege" Siegel Duo. Siegel has been described in Jazz World Magazine as a “brilliant drummer”, while lauded in Modern Drummer for his “forward energy and abundantly attractive ideas”. “His playing is always tasteful whether it be in forceful, intense situations or in quiet, supporting roles. His writing is intriguing” notes the Green Mountain Jazz Messenger. An active educator, Siegel teaches Jazz drumming at the State University of New York at New Paltz as well as at Western Connecticut State University. He has performed clinics throughout Europe and the United States. He holds a Masters Degree in Jazz from Queens College where he studied composition with Jimmy Heath and has subsequently been the recipient of several grants from Meet the Composer. He is an endorser for Vic Firth Drumsticks. His new CD “Live in Europe” featuring his quartet can be heard on the ARC Record label.

ERICA LINDSAY - Tenor Saxophone

Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute, and Composer - Erica Lindsay was born in San Francisco, California. At the age of five her family moved to Europe where her parents were educators for the American School system.

She began playing piano, clarinet, and then, saxophone in high school along with her private studies with pianist Mal Waldron.

After studying at the Berklee College of Music in Boston she returned to Europe to begin working professionally as a composer, arranger and soloist.

In 1980, Lindsay moved to New York and eventually settled in the Woodstock area. Since that time she has performed and toured with leaders such as Melba Liston, Clifford Jordan, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Reggie Workman, Baikida Carroll, Howard Johnson, George Gruntz, Sumi Tonooka, Pheeraon akLaff and Oliver Lake.

She has been active composing for theater, television, dance, as well as performing with poets and performance artists Carl Hancock-Rux, Janice King, Janine Vega, Mikhail Horowitz and Nancy Ostrovsky.

She is featured in Burrill Crohn's film documentary, Women in Jazz and in Sally Placksin's book, American Women in Jazz.

Her quintet can be heard on the Candid Records (CCD 79040) release, Erica Lindsay - Dreamer. The Penguin Book of Jazz Recordings has called Dreamer, "Tremendously impressive," and "a record that shouldn't be missed."

She most recently can be heard on Baikida Carroll's highly acclaimed new release, Marionettes on a High Wire; and, the soon to be released Oliver Lake Big Band recording.

Erica Lindsay is also presently on the music faculty at Bard College, Annandale-on-the-Hudson.


Francesca Tanksley surprises. The internationally-acclaimed jazz pianist and composer, described as a “vivid presence” by Nat Hentoff, breaks through traditional expectations with the power of her musical vision. As Peter Watrous of the The New York Times said in a a review of one of her recent performances, “Ms. Tanksley reworked the vocabulary of McCoy Tyner as if she had taken one small aspect of his style and developed it into a full language. She gave the music color, her harmonies and chording adding surprise to the performance.” Acknowledged as a fine soloist, composer, and accompanist with such notable groups as the Billy Harper Quintet and the Erica Lindsay Quintet, she has performed throughout Europe, East and Southeast Asia, Scandinavia and South America as well as in the United States, and appears on numerous CD releases of both groups. Her compositional talent is featured on two of the Billy Harper Quintet’s CDs, as well as her own recently released CD.

Other leading musicians with whom Francesca Tanksley has performed include Howard Johnson, David Newman, Cecil Payne, Nick Brignola, Slide Hampton, Shiela Jordan, Jay Clayton, Clifford Jordan and Charles Davis. She has been a featured artist on Marian McPartland’s widely acclaimed National Public Radio series, Piano Jazz, and appears in the documentary, Women in Jazz by Burrill Crohn. Ms. Tanksley has been noted in the books, American Women in Jazz by Sally Plaxin, and in Madam Jazz by Leslie Gourse.

In addition to being an acclaimed accompanist and composer, Ms. Tanksley also leads the Francesca Tanksley Trio, and has recently produced her first CD entitled Journey, which features her original compositions and includes colleagues from the Billy Harper Quintet, drummer Newman Taylor Baker and bassist Clarence Seay.

Francesca Tanksley was born in Italy as a U.S. citizen and grew up in Munich, Germany. She began studying piano at the age of seven, and at sixteen she attended Berklee College of Music in Boston to study jazz piano and composition. After her studies at Berklee she returned to Munich and began her professional career performing with various European jazz groups. She then moved to New York City and joined Melba Liston’s group, Melba Liston & Co., appearing at major jazz clubs and festivals in the U.S., including the Kool Jazz Festival at Carnegie Hall with Dizzy Gillespie. Soon thereafter she became an integral member of the Billy Harper Quintet, as well as the Erica Lindsay Quintet.

Ms. Tanksley holds a Master’s Degree in Music from Queens College, and is the recipient of the Graduating Award, the Eubie Blake Scholarship Award and the ASCAP Louis Armstrong Composer’s Scholarship, 1995. She has conducted jazz workshops at numerous colleges, including the University of Southern California at Santa Cruz, Hampton University, Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute, and Bard College. Ms. Tanksley served as faculty at New School University’s Jazz and Contemporary Music Program in New York City.

Imagine a crowd screaming for joy after a bass solo. That's what happens when Danton Boller plays the bass. This young genius of the bass is one of the "young lions" you've probably heard about. Currentlyresiding in New York, he developed a solid foundation as a jazz bassist studying under the "Senator", Eugene Wright (of the famed Dave Brubeck Quartet). In Los Angeles, Danton is also currently a member of the Roy Hargrove Quintet and Benny Wallace trio and has played with top musicians including Billy Higgins, Wallace Roney, Robert Glasper and Anthony Wilson.

He received the Shelley Manne New Talent Award from the L.A. Jazz Society in 1997. Danton can be heard on the Grammy Award Nominated recording "Anthony Wilson". In New York he has been recording, touring and performing with top names such as Joshua Redman, Mulgrew Miller, Mark Turner, Bennie Wallace, Alvin Queen, and with the world-famous Village Vanguard Orchestra.

Recently Danton has been touring and recording with "The Jazz Mandolin Project" for Blue Note Records, and is co-leading a new "Punk-Jazz-Metal" Trio called Exegesis.

Cadence Magazine, Jim Santella:
" He's captured the essence of mainstream quartet "magic" through his use of the same basic elements that drove the John Coltrane Quartet: improvisation and emotion bed together with a proven mix of melody, harmony, and rhythm."

Jimmy Heath, musican and composer:
"Jeff's musicality is incredible. He is so tasty as a percussionist and he has become a fine composer/arranger with a good melodic concept and harmonic depth. The group performance is remarkable.” "



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CD Reviews: varioius publications...
"The cohesion between these four players is unbelievable; so is the superhighway-broad sound of Erica Lindsey’s tenor, as is Francesca Tanksley’s power as a pianist and a composer. "

"... a brilliant drummer!"
- Editor, Jazz World Magazine

"But at the end of the day, one disc went to the top of the list this spring, and stayed there the rest of the year: JEFF “SIEGE” SIEGEL QUARTET - Live in Europe (ARC)"

"'Elvin’s Circle' captures and releases drummer Elvin Jones’s spiritual high energy to the wind."

"Siegel and his cohorts took no prisoners on their 2005 European tour, and the proof is in these excerpts from radio concerts made along the way. "

"So when do we get to hear the other performances from the two radio dates? We’d like to continue the joy we find listening to Live in Europe."

"Magical Spaces" is the kind of CD that you want to listen to over and over. Jeff's musicality is incredible."
- Jimmy Heath, NEA Jazz Master

"He is so tasty as a percussionist and he has become a fine composer/arranger with a good melodic concept and harmonic depth. "
- Jimmy Heath, NEA Jazz Master

"The group performance is remarkable."
- Jimmy Heath, NEA Jazz Master

"“...Thanks for: 1. The sound of the music 2. The sound of the musicianship. 3. The sound of the music on the CD. "
- Ron Carter, NEA Jazz Master

"... Magical Spaces, is a musical offering that emphasizes not only Jeff’s fine drumming skills but displays his compositional talent as well"
- Jack DeJohnette, NEA Jazz Master

"One of last year’s most blissful releases ..."
- Jos Demol, Jazzmozaiek, Belgium

"Siegel and his compatriots found a field full of spaces and grew a garden of simple beauty and infinite color."
- J. Hunter, Albanyjazz.com

"It's not just "magic" on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Siegel's Straght-Ahead session merits at least 5 stars."
- Jim Santella, Cadence

"Mr. Siegel's compositional talents and tasteful drumming will leave many listeners wanting more..."
- John Patten, Jazz Improv